Export Awards celebrate Central Ontario business achievement

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Export Awards celebrate Central Ontario business achievement

MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 22 /CNW/ - Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade Bob Runciman, on behalf of the Ontario government, today presented leading small and medium-sized exporters in Central Ontario with special awards for outstanding achievement in 2000. Recipients at the 3rd annual Ontario Global Traders Awards regional ceremony in Mississauga included:

Leadership Award:
- John Ferguson of PBB Global Logistics (Fort Erie)
Partnership Award is shared by:
- Applied Magnetics Group, Department of Physics, Queen's
University (Kingston),
- InvoDane Engineering Ltd. (Toronto), and
- The Pressure Pipe Inspection Company Ltd. (Mississauga)
Innovation Award:
- Applanix Corporation (Richmond Hill)
Market Expansion Award - Product:
- Medtronic of Canada Ltd. (Mississauga)
Market Expansion Award - Service:
- The Pressure Pipe Inspection Company (Mississauga)
Student Achievement Award:
- Ricardo de Lima, Niagara College (Niagara-on-the-Lake)

Judges reviewed nearly 240 nominations this year. Nominees reported that exports had a significant impact on job creation. Collectively, the nominees said total employment jumped 23 per cent over the previous year, from 6,974 to 8,598 jobs in 1999-2000.
"These results are phenomenal. They show very clearly the impact exports have on growth and job creation, our government's top priorities," said Runciman. "Exports generate the equivalent of more than 50 per cent of Ontario's Gross Domestic Product and sustain 1.6 million jobs in Ontario. This demonstrates Ontario's ability to take on the world and compete in global markets."
"The Bank of Montreal is very happy to be a part of these awards and to sponsor the prestigious Partnership Award," said Pam Robertson, Executive Vice President - Ontario Division. "As founding award partner with Ontario Exports Inc., our emphasis has always been to create solid partnerships with small to medium-sized businesses and then help them realize their long-term international business goals. Our award winners make it clear that Ontario companies can compete with the best in the world, and succeed," she said.
The next regional ceremonies will be held in Thunder Bay on March 28, Brantford on April 4 and Kingston on April 11. Regional winners are eligible to win the top award in their respective categories at the Ontario Global Traders Awards provincial ceremony May 17 in Toronto.
The awards are sponsored by the Government of Ontario's lead trade agency - Ontario Exports Inc. and Bank of Montreal, as well as their Partners in Trade: Deloitte & Touche, Canadian Commercial Corporation, Export Development Corporation, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, United Parcel Service Canada Ltd., PROFIT, Canadian Business, Business Sense and Le Lien Economique.

/Note to news and business editors: A complete list of award recipients is attached./

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For more information, visit the Ontario Exports Inc.
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2000 ONTARIO GLOBAL TRADERS AWARDS
CENTRAL REGION

Innovation Award

Regional Award
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Applanix Corporation
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Applanix Corporation is the world leader in Integrated Inertial/GPS systems for commercial applications. Its systems are designed for precise and robust measurement of the position and orientation of moving platforms. The company's products are used in a variety of applications, including road profiling, aerial survey and mapping, railroad track maintenance and seafloor mapping. Customers include several major navies and mapping agencies. Applanix currently exports 98 per cent of its products to the U.K., U.S., Germany and Japan, and its potential market is truly global.

Award of Merit
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Automated Welding Systems Incorporated
Markham, Ontario
Automated Welding Systems pioneered a high-speed laser welding system which allows for greater precision and flexibility in the welding of steel and aluminum sheet metal. This system has been received enthusiastically by the global auto industry, as it results in stronger and lighter vehicles. It has propelled AWS into rapid growth, from a staff of 14 in 1995 to 155. In addition to its two Canadian plants, it has manufacturing facilities in Germany and Mexico.

Honourable Mention
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The Pressure Pipe Inspection Company
Mississauga, Ontario
The Pressure Pipe Inspection Company performs non-destructive testing of large diameter concrete water supply pipes using a patented electromagnetic system. PPIC's inspections often result in rehabilitation rather than replacement, saving water authorities and power plants millions of dollars. The company exports 60 per cent of its services to the U.S. and 40 per cent to North Africa. Since 1998, the company has grown from one to 28 employees and export revenues have grown by more than 5600 per cent.

Market Expansion Award -- Product

Regional Award
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Medtronic of Canada Ltd.
Mississauga, Ontario
Medtronic of Canada is the only manufacturer of implantable loop recorders used to diagnose unexplained fainting. The device, called Reveal, records electrocardiograms that can be read by physicians. Outstanding worldwide acceptance has resulted in its use in more than 1,500 medical centres. The company exports to Hong Kong, the U.S., Europe, Mexico, Latin America, Japan and Australia, and since 1997 it has grown from 80 to 119 employees. Medtronic aims to become world leader in its field.

Award of Merit
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Kaval Telecom Inc.
Toronto, Ontario
A winner of the 1999 Global Traders' regional merit award for Innovation, Kaval Telecom's products enable public safety workers and the general public to use cell phones, pagers and other devices no matter where, without static or lost calls. Since 1996, Kaval's revenues have grown by an astounding 1000 per cent, as a direct result of exporting to distant markets such as Australia, South America and the Middle East. In fiscal 2000, revenues jumped by 178 per cent and staff grew from 50 to more than 110. Several international clients, among them America Online, have turned to Kaval to provide them with the unique multi-service, multi-carrier solutions.

Honourable Mention
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Automated Welding Systems
Markham, Ontario
Automated Welding Systems pioneered a high-speed laser welding system which allows for greater precision and flexibility in the welding of steel and aluminum sheet metal. This system has been received enthusiastically by the global auto industry, as it results in stronger and lighter vehicles. It has propelled AWS into rapid growth, from a staff of 14 in 1995 to 155. In addition to its two Canadian plants, it has manufacturing facilities in Germany and Mexico.

Market Expansion -- Service

Regional Award
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The Pressure Pipe Inspection Company
Mississauga, Ontario
The Pressure Pipe Inspection Company performs non-destructive testing of large diameter concrete water supply pipes using a patented electromagnetic system. PPIC's inspections often result in rehabilitation rather than replacement, saving water authorities and power plants millions of dollars. The company exports 60 per cent of its services to the U.S. and 40 per cent to North Africa. Since 1998, the company has grown from one to 28 employees and export revenues have grown by more than 5600 per cent.

Award of Merit
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Comtek Advanced Structures Ltd.
Burlington, Ontario
Comtek Advanced Structures Ltd. is an industry leader in the repair, engineering and manufacturing of structural and interior aircraft components made from advanced composite materials mainly for the regional airline industry and corporate jet markets. The company also offers a mobile repair service, sending technicians anywhere in the world. Comtek exports to Europe, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand. Since 1997, export sales of its services have more than tripled and its staff has grown from 37 to more than 100. Comtek attributes its success to the quality of repairs and customer service, its strong engineering capability, and its good technical relationship with aircraft manufacturers.

Honourable Mention
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Interactive Solutions new media inc.
Toronto, Ontario
Interactive Solutions new media inc. delivers electronic learning and communications solutions to large corporate clients and has sought out underserved niche markets in the U.S. The firm was able to meet the pricing and scheduling demands of companies such as Ford and Dupont by creating a portfolio of electronic templates and other standard components. Export sales revenue more than quadrupled since 1997 and staff grew from 5 to 22. Interactive Solutions will continue to penetrate new U.S. markets through dedicated sales offices.

Partnership Award

Award of Merit
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The Pressure Pipe Inspection Company Ltd.
Mississauga, Ontario

InvoDane Engineering Ltd.
Toronto, Ontario

Applied Magnetics Group, Department of Physics - Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario

This partnership resulted in the successful commercialization of the patented electromagnetic system to perform non-destructive testing of large diameter water supply pipes. The Pressure Pipe Inspection Company Ltd., incorporated in September 1997, performs non-destructive testing of large diameter concrete water supply pipes using the patented electromagnetic system. PPIC's inspections have saved water utilities and power plants millions of dollars by rehabilitating rather than replacing pipes. It successfully exports 100 per cent of its services to the U.S. and North Africa. The company has grown from one to 28 employees and revenues have grown by more than 5600 per cent. PPIC credits its success to years of research done on electromagnetic fields by the Applied Magnetics Group, Department of Physics from Queen's University. The partnership with InvoDane Engineering Ltd. has enabled PPIC to extend its services into smaller diameter pipes and offer better services by building enhanced second-generation tools.

Leadership Award

Regional Award
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John Ferguson, PBB Global Logistics
Fort Erie, Ontario
John Ferguson is very active in promoting the importance of exporting both professionally and on a volunteer basis. Director of Marketing for PBB Global Logistics, one of the largest Canadian- based providers of international trade and supply chain services, he was a leading force behind PBB's China: Trade Mission 2000, the first privately-led trade mission of its kind. Ferguson regularly addresses businesses seeking to penetrate international markets, advocates on behalf of exporters, provides analysis, and shares information on supply chain challenges and solutions.

Award of Merit
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R. John Bridges, Old World Stone Ltd.
Burlington, Ontario
John Bridges is passionate about the art and craft of stonemasonry. He is equally committed to training young Canadians in the skills which will preserve this ancient art. He is a moving force behind developing and raising support for apprenticeship programs. Old World Stone fabricates dimensionally- cut and carved natural stone for restoration and new construction. Fully half of Old World Stone's production is exported to the U.S. His clients have high praise for the excellence of the company's workmanship and customer service.

Honourable Mention
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Ron Dembo, Algorithmics Incorporated
Toronto, Ontario
Ron Dembo always had a global vision for his company, Algorithmics Incorporated, which he started in 1989. He speaks seven languages and is a trailblazer in the area of risk management, serving the financial services industry. Algorithmics has 16 sales offices around the world. In 2000, the company brought $100 million in revenue to the Canadian market and a Canadian- sourced intellectual property is now becoming the world standard. Dembo has written a best seller -- "Seeing Tomorrow" and is regarded as a guru in his field.

Student Achievement Award

Regional Award
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Ricardo De Lima
Niagara College
Niagara-on-the-Lake
Ricardo de Lima, a graduate of Niagara College in International Business Management, is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English. He was a perfect fit for Frontline Focus International, a market research and customer intelligence firm when it launched into Brazil on behalf of a multinational client with many restaurants in that country. Frontline had to address all issues facing a foreign company. As Field Operations Manager, Ricardo organized a business trip, and in 10 days the executive team accomplished what normally would take two to three months. Frontline credits Ricardo's knowledge, superb interpersonal and negotiating skills, and flexibility for its outstanding success in Brazil.

Award of Merit
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Ryan Mitchell
Seneca College
Toronto
A student in Finance and International Business at Bishop's University in Quebec, Ryan graduated from Seneca College in Human Resources Management. Ryan has traveled to Mexico, China, Chile and Panama representing Seneca College, and been part of Salvation Army International aid missions. Ryan obtained business experience in his father's graphic design business, a company that exports services to the U.S. and the Middle East, and he has set up Export Excellence, which exports baby goods to Jamaica. On various student councils he is a voice for business students, encourages their efforts to obtain relevant work experience, and builds communications links with the business community. Ryan hopes to work with an international corporation and complete an International MBA.

Award of Merit
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Dorothy Tymchyshyn
Niagara College
Niagara-on-the-Lake
Dorothy Tymchyshyn has a passion for international trade. With a degree in linguistics, she speaks four languages. Since graduating from Niagara College in International Business Management, she works with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. She served as key organizer for Access Asia, hosting buyers from China and India, and Ontario companies -- an event which resulted in sales of $1.2 million for Ontario. Dorothy serves as federal liaison for the Japanese Chef Relations Program which showcases wine and food products for export. She hopes to enter the Foreign Service and work to strengthen Canada's economic growth and international ties.

Honourable Mention
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Adam Mason
York University
Toronto
Adam is enrolled in York University's demanding joint MBA/LL.B program, leading to both Bachelor of Laws and the Masters in Business Administration degrees. At the same time, he and a partner run the successful Web design business Adam founded -- Orbital Technology Group, exporting cutting edge internet products to the U.S. Orbital hopes to launch its own on-line business environment and enable users anywhere in the world to collaborate on projects, view documents and speak back and forth in real time. Adam anticipates that this Canadian project, Arena Logix, could soon gain global recognition.

Media Backgrounder
2000 Ontario Global Traders Awards

March 2001

The Awards
The Ontario Global Traders Award celebrates outstanding exporting achievement by small and medium-sized enterprises, industry leaders and students. It was created by the Government of Ontario and its partners in trade in 1998 to recognize the important contribution exporters make to the Ontario economy. The deadline for the 2000 award nominations was Dec. 15, 2000.

Award categories
Six awards are presented in each of four regions across Ontario. Awards are presented for Leadership, Innovation, Marketing Expansion (two awards: Products and Services), Partnership and Student Achievement.

Who is eligible?
Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in business a minimum of three fiscal years, based in Ontario, with annual sales of up to $50 million and a maximum of 200 employees are eligible. Eligible enterprises must export to one or more countries and have export sales that are at least 15 per cent of total sales. Companies that contributed in a significant way to the export success of an Ontario-based SME can be recognized under the Partnership award category. Ontario residents under the age of 30, in full-time studies in international business or related fields in an Ontario college or university program are eligible for the Student Achievement Award.

About the Program
Companies or individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by a trade association or customer. Nominations are evaluated by regional judging panels for the regional awards, representing leaders from business, education and economic development groups. A provincial panel selects provincial award recipients from the short-list of regional award winners.

Ceremonies
March 22, 2001 Mississauga (Central Region)
March 28, 2001 Thunder Bay (Northern Region)
April 4, 2001 Brantford (Southwest Region)
April 11, 2001 Kingston (Eastern Region)
May 17, 2001 Toronto (Provincial Ceremony)

Sponsors
The Ontario Global Traders Awards are presented by Ontario Exports Inc. and Bank of Montreal. Award sponsors include: the Export Development Corporation; Deloitte & Touche; The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, Canadian Commercial Corporation and UPS Canada Ltd. Media sponsors include PROFIT; Canadian Business; Le Lien Economique and Business Sense. The awards also have the support of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, the Young Entrepreneurs Association and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, call Ontario Exports Inc. toll free at 1-877-468-6233 or visit www.ontario-canada.com/export to learn more about the program and the award ceremonies.
For further information: Media contacts: Hal Vincent, Minister's Office, (416) 325-8779; Eric Shapiro, Communications & Public Affairs Branch, (416) 325-6698